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Old 11-08-2004, 02:06 PM   #1
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Roman beans?

I went to safeway looking for fava beans, strangely enuf they did not have them but I found something called Roman beans that looked the same color but I was not sure. I found fava beans at another store.

Are roman beans the same thing? can you substitue one for the other? I was trying to make fava bean toast, a recipe of Batali's.

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Old 11-08-2004, 02:22 PM   #2
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cranberry bean = borlotti bean = saluggia = shell bean = salugia bean = crab eye bean = rosecoco bean = Roman bean = fagiolo romano Notes: These have an excellent, nutty flavor, and are commonly used in Italian soups and stews. Substitutes: fresh cranberry bean OR tongues of fire beans (very similar) OR cannellini bean OR Great Northern bean OR pinto bean OR chili bean


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Old 11-08-2004, 02:47 PM   #3
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The colour of those beans are great.
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Old 11-08-2004, 02:53 PM   #4
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BTW, decorating divas - these types of beans make an interesting presentation in a hurricane glass holder in which you place a candle. Coffee beans also look very nice with a white candle.
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Old 11-08-2004, 02:57 PM   #5
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I bet the coffee beans would smell good too!
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:23 PM   #6
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ohhh Good idea, Mudbug!
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Old 12-18-2006, 02:26 PM   #7
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Have been experimenting with the Roman beans. Make them w/ Sage it gives them a zesty taste, sage is sort of like oregano. Also found that tartness of tomato sauce really adds to the taste, although you can make them w/o tomato sauce:

3 8 oz. cans of Roman/Borlotti beans
2 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
garlic, a good bit
sage, chopped up perhaps 2 TB.
S/P
olive oil or crisco

sautee' the beans in the oil a little bit, then add chopped garlic/sage and the sauce. You should heat them over low heat for 15 or 20 min. then serve.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:20 PM   #8
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Try them in that deliciously hearty peasant dish called "Pasta e Fagioli" - pasta and beans.
Glorious!
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Old 12-19-2006, 02:41 PM   #9
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clive, have you tried the shrimp and white beans salad, of which we once spoke? i had it again the other day, and it is fantastic. the earthy slightly-nutty flavor of the beans goes so well, like a canvas for the sweetness of the shrimp, dressed simply in good olive oil. i need to bug the chef for the exact recipe, just in case there's a secret ingredient. well, secret to me, anyway.

i've heard of navy, black, pinto, red, kidney, fava, string, great northern, and human beans , but never roman. thanks for the info.
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Old 12-19-2006, 03:23 PM   #10
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clive, have you tried the shrimp and white beans salad, of which we once spoke? i had it again the other day, and it is fantastic. the earthy slightly-nutty flavor of the beans goes so well, like a canvas for the sweetness of the shrimp, dressed simply in good olive oil. i need to bug the chef for the exact recipe, just in case there's a secret ingredient. well, secret to me, anyway.

i've heard of navy, black, pinto, red, kidney, fava, string, great northern, and humans beans , but never roman. thanks for the info.
No - haven't been able to give it a try, Buckytom, but I'm off to the beach for 15 days next Saturday - just the right place for fresh shrimp, fresh beans, and a glass of champers!!
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